Posts Tagged ‘cake mix’

Rainbow-Surprise Lemon Cake & Surprise-Inside Cakes Cookbook Giveaway

Traditionally frosting is the star of cake decorating, but what about the inside? Amanda Rettke proves that it’s the inside that counts with her cookbook, “Surprise-Inside Cakes”.

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When it comes to decorating cakes I am not an expert. Upon receiving the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook by Amanda Rettke (I Am Baker) I was a bit intimidated to go beyond the recipes for different layers of color and/or frosting without any cutting and cake-puzzle-assembling. It is truly impressive how many different interiors she was able to design and execute. But after reading through a few of the more complicated recipes I realized that with the right tools and some patience, paired with her excellent step-by-step photos and directions, I might be able to pull it off.

I really loved the smiley face cake and argyle cake but decided to start out small with one of the easier recipes – the rainbow cake. First I had to decide on a cake flavor. Amanda provides recipes for perfectly level cakes and frostings which can be used to create any of the surprise-inside cakes. However, you could also use your own recipe or even a boxed mix, I won’t tell. If using other recipes you may end up with a domed top which will need to be leveled off, unless of course you know that particular recipe does come out flat. Either way, a cake with these interior designs will look made from scratch no matter what recipe you choose.

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To see if a boxed mix would work, I decided to doctor up a white cake mix to create a lemon cake. (Did you know that rainbows taste like lemons? Well, at least this one does.) The cakes did dome but that was easily solved by slicing off the tops with a long serrated knife. After that I followed Amanda’s detailed instructions for assembling and frosting the cakes. I don’t think I’ve ever frosted such a smooth cake before.

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Upon that beautiful white scene I created my own balloon decorations using the cake-top scraps and leftover frosting. It looks like fondant doesn’t it!? Nope it’s something even better, something I have decided to call cake-ball-fondant! Yup, I am a genius. Instead of forming balls to be dipped in chocolate, roll flat with a rolling pin and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. Consider your mind blown.

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In order to find out exactly how I colored and assembled this cake you’ll have to read about it in the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook! To assist in keeping a copy into your hands asap I am giving away a copy of this awesome cookbook to one lucky reader. After checking out the recipe use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter.

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One year ago: Baked Eggs with Crispy Hash Brown Crust

Two years ago: Cheesy Cat Treats

Three years ago: Funfetti Cake Batter Smoothie
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Guest Post: Horror Show Pistachio Zombie Cupcakes

Halloween is nearly upon us. Take control of your own little monsters and whip up these zombie cupcakes together, using many of your favorite candies!

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This sweet post comes to us courtesy of Ben DeMeter from ACandyStore.com. When he’s not creating delicious content for the ACS Blog, Ben is doggedly pursuing his campaign to get cake accepted as one of the major dietary food groups. He currently lives in Houston, TX.

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Zombies have been feasting on humanity for decades. This Halloween, it’s time to strike back. Let the undead menace discover what it’s like to be gnawed on by whipping up a batch of these Horror Show Pistachio Zombie Cupcakes. Green, delicious and shockingly easy to make, they’re sure to be a hit at your next holiday party.

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I based this recipe for off of the Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes Recipe from EatLiveRun. There are only three ingredients in the cupcakes themselves, which makes them a can’t-miss for amateur bakers or parents with “little helpers.”  Add some whipped pistachio buttercream frosting and a few candy decorations and you’ve got soft and spongy treats that both look and taste good enough to raise the dead.

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Birthday Explosion Mini Cheesecakes

I made these Cookie Dough-Funfetti-Oreo Mini Cheesecakes, aka Birthday Explosion Mini Cheesecakes, for my friend Maggie’s birthday yesterday. Originally she has requested cookie dough mini cheesecakes that she had seen on Pinterest, but when I asked her to show me the specific pin she started sending me all kinds of cookie dough cheesecake variations. One with Oreo, one with Funfetti, and many other variations of the same concept.

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In stead of trying to decide which she would like best, I went ahead and put them all together into one spectacular dessert because the birthday girl should have it all! Hence the subsequent birthday explosion (similar to my birthday overload pancakes earlier this year). An Oreo cookie is used for the crust, topped with cookie dough which ends up being in the middle of a Funfetti cheesecake. But wait, there’s more! It’s then topped off with an Oreo whipped cream, miniature chocolate chip cookie, and of course SPRINKLES. The only thing it might be missing is peanut butter ;-).

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One year ago: Stovetop Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese

Two years ago: Pumpkin Biscoff Cream Cheese Bread
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Stuffed Red Velvet Truffles

I’ve made red velvet and other color velvet cake ball truffles in the past, and even though I mixed cream cheese frosting into them I still felt like something was missing. I finally decided it was a distinct separation of the flavors of red velvet from the cream cheese frosting, because what’s red velvet cake without cream cheese frosting? Just a red cake if you ask me.

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Therefore, in addition to mixing cream cheese into the truffles themselves, I stuffed them with it! Go ahead and take a bite to see for yourself. Fun right? Maybe is the post-defense giddy-ness but I am already envisioning different colored centers for holidays and other color-specific events. Yea, this “I refuse to admit the fall and winter holidays are coming” girl is caving at last.

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One year ago: Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
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No-Bake Funfettinutter Granola Bars

Oh look ANOTHER no-bake granola bar recipe. I swear I cannot make enough variations of this granola bar and I don’t plan to stop trying anytime soon. They are too easy to make, and too perfect for grab-and-go snacks. This version has some dry cake mix throw in along with the peanut butter to create another funfettinutter treat! Personally, I tasted the peanut butter more than the cake mix and will be adding 1/4 cup more the next time I make them. Or maybe I should make them more sinful and mix in cake truffle dough similar to the oatmeal cookie granola bars. But no matter what flavor is more predominant, you cannot deny a granola bar covered in sprinkles!

Funfettinutter Granola Bars

One year ago: Bleu Cheese Ball
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Cake Batter Chocolate Bark

No matter how busy you are, I bet you have time to make this recipe today. Heck I had time to make it which says a lot if you’re been keeping up with my hectic life lately. It’s a fun layered chocolate bark with semisweet chocolate on the bottom and white chocolate on the top. (Said in a infomercial voice) but wait there’s more – dry cake mix was mixed into the white chocolate too and then loaded up with sprinkles! That is how you jazz up simple treats.

Cake Batter Chocolate Bark

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Funfetti Ice Cream Krispie Cupcakes #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway, and our party week ends TODAY! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!

Today we are celebrating Jen of Juanita’s Cocina‘s Birthday with an Ice Cream Party! To show her some love, we invite you all to head over to her website today to wish her the happiest of birthdays. You can also stop by her Facebook wall to wish her a Happy Birthday there as well!

No birthday is complete without some sprinkles so for the party today I brought funfetti ice cream on top of individual funfetti krispie treats, which are what I decided to call funfetti ice cream krispie cupcakes because, well, they look like cupcakes! You can either pick them up and shove them into your face, or be more civilized and use a spoon or fork. Actually I think this treat is a great time to use a spork.

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If you’d like to check out today’s #IceCreamWeek recipes, drool over the blogs below:

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Ice Cream Cake by Cravings of a Lunatic

Ice Cream Crunch Cake by Juanita’s Cocina

Birthday Ice Cream Bombe by girlichef

Japanese Yuzu Citrus Ice Cream by Ninja Baker

Coconut-Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Cups by The Kitchen is My Playground

Salted Caramel Ice Cream by Cookistry

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Cake by Food Babbles

Funfetti Ice Cream Krispie Cupcakes by The Spiffy Cookie

Brownie Fudge Ripple Ice Cream by Poet in the Pantry

Please join us today, Saturday, August 17th at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) for our PinChatLive Event happening simultaneously on Pinterest and G+. We’ll be announcing the winners of our giveaway and talking ice cream! Please join us for our Ice Cream Social at 2 pm! We have ice cream cookbooks up for grabs. We also have 10 Ben & Jerry’s Swag Prizes up for grabs. So check out our Pinterest Board, #IceCreamWeek during the event at 2 p.m. today to win one of these amazing prizes!

One year ago: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Oatmeal Cookie-wiches

Two years ago: Caprese Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Birthday Cake S’mores Cookies

I don’t shop very often these days due to financial constraints the past two months, but the most recent excursions I have had resulted in the purchase of primarily navy blue and coral colored items. I cannot explain this gravitation as I am not doing do on purpose. Yet I have actually experienced this many times before where I find myself standing in the checkout line with a handful of similarly colored items. I suppose my brain just gets stuck on one color when looking around it only allows me to see that color.

And then when it comes to food, I am all over the place most of the time. Take cake batter for example. I’ve combined cake batter with all kinds of things, including peanut butter, but today is the first time I’ve paired it up with s’mores and I think they compliment each other quite well. These cookies have a cake batter cookie dough base with chocolate, miniature marshmallow bits, and grahams cracker pieces mixed in. And more sprinkles. Because why have just cake batter or just s’mores when you can have both!?

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One year ago: Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Orzo
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Chocolate Funfetti Cookie Stack Cake

Is there anything better than a cookie cake? How about a STACKED cookie cake? Heck yes! You can make a cookie stack cake out of any cookie you prefer whether it be store bought or homemade but you will need about 4 dozen of whichever you choose. I decided to make my own and went for a chocolate funfetti cookie, which is a chocolate cookie with mini cake truffles mixed in along with some white chocolate chips. Unfortunately the truffles I used were from Walgreens and they don’t seem to sell them anymore! I did not buy enough of the bites and that’s why I mixed in some white chocolate chips as well. In the future I will just make them homemade.

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The cookies are stacked in alternating layers with a cake batter buttercream in between each to make it all hold together. It’s then topped off with more frosting, an extra cookie for decoration, a few more mini truffles and lots of sprinkles. Now when it comes to eating this cake, I know your first instinct is likely to pull off a cookie or two but don’t you dare! The beauty of all your hard work will be ruined if you do so (and actually this is what happened when I brought it to a party). Instead slice it just like you would a regular cake because all that frosting and layers of cookies are just begging to be sliced into.

I’m curious to know, what flavor cookie stack cake would you make?

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One year ago: Sweet Potato Cream Pasta with Crispy Kale

Two years ago: Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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Twinkie Truffles

Step aside Twinkies, these truffles have you beat! You won’t need to hunt down the remaining Hostess cakes left in the world once you bite into one of these beauties. After yesterday, I decided to not even try to share something healthy today. It would just look like a joke seeing those two recipes side by side on my homepage. So I present to you, Twinkie truffles!

The truffle base is similar to a cake ball, but instead of frosting I mixed the cake crumbs with marshmallow creme. Then to take them over the top and get into Twinkie-character, a marshmallow creme filling is piped into the middle before being dipped in yellow chocolate coating. Do you see the resemblance?

Twinkie Truffles

One year ago: Thai Chicken Pizza

Two years ago: Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
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